If you're a cat owner or lover, you may be worried about yet another pregnancy-related malady called toxoplasmosis. Carried by cats (and growing in feces in the litter box), the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis may also be present in raw meat, soil, and on the outside of raw vegetables. Though it's rare, your baby could be harmed if you contract the infection for the first time during pregnancy.
Many people have been exposed to toxoplasmosis. Therefore, they have produced antibodies that make them immune to it. However, if you don't know if you are immune and are pregnant, you should avoid eating meats that are not cooked all the way through. Likewise, if you have cats, it is best to take precaution to avoid exposure. If you work in the garden, you should wear gardening or rubber gloves. Have someone else take care of the litter box during your pregnancy if possible. If your cat goes outside, it is best to refrain from holding it close to your face, or from letting it spend time on your bed linens.
It is a good idea during your pregnancy to wash your hands often (especially if you have been around cats or uncooked meat).